So, this year’s Major League Baseball campaign has more or less barely started, right? Well, believe it or not, we suddenly find ourselves in the home stretch of the 2020 MLB regular season. Such is the way of things in these days of COVID-19: a truncated 60-game campaign places day one of the postseason ball on October 5th. And while the high-flying Los Angeles Dodgers and sweet-swinging New York Yankees may be generating the strongest league-wide buzz at the moment, it’s time for CanadianBettingSites to roll through some Toronto Blue Jays World Series Odds and MLB awards prop bets, including their chances to win the AL East division and the AL pennant, as we race toward another Fall Classic.
Blue Jays Odds to Win World Series: 36.0
The Raptors are out of the NBA Playoffs, but that doesn’t mean 2020 has to come and go without a Toronto team winning a chip, right? As it stands, there are dark horse picks in the mix for the World Series title out there far less attractive than the Jays.
Say it out loud, Jays fans: TEAM OF DESTINY!
Thanks in part to this year’s expanded playoff field — 16 total teams (eight per league) will make the October cut instead of the usual 10 — Toronto is a virtual lock to play postseason baseball with a chance to shock the world. A number of sportsbooks have the Jays at 26.0 to win the World Series, which makes them a sneaky value pick at 36.0 at 888sport.
On August 5, our model gave the #BlueJays a 36.3% chance of making the postseason and a 0.3% chance of winning the World Series. Today they're up to 94.1% to make the playoffs and 2.8% to win it all https://t.co/maojxChsSw
— Baseball Reference (@baseball_ref) September 11, 2020
Blue Jays Odds to Win American League Title: 12.0
If you’re not sold on Vladimir Guerrero Jr., Bo Bichette, Cavan Biggio and Co. carrying the baby Blue Jays to a surprise championship in this unprecedented season, you may be enticed by the comparatively humbler idea of an AL pennant heading back to Ontario for the first time since 1993.
Given that the two biggest current AL betting favourites are both clubs the Blue Jays know better than just about anyone — the division rival New York Yankees and Tampa Bay Rays — Toronto has a special kind of edge over would-be longshots like the Houston Astros (also 12.0) and the Cleveland Indians (15.00).
Consider taking a flyer on the Jays at 12.0 over at Betway, tied for the sixth-best odds among American League teams.
Blue Jays Odds to Win AL East: 51.0
It’s not so often that a team’s pennant odds are dramatically better than their chances at a division title, but such is life in the AL East, where the fearsome Bronx Bombers and romping Rays both reside.
There’s not a lot of time for Toronto to make up ground — they trail the first-place Rays by 4.5 games in the division as of this writing — but they’re not out of it yet.
If you’re feeling bullish, bet365 is offering the Blue Jays at 51.0, noticeably more attractive than the 41.0 at which other sportsbooks like Betway have them pegged.
Nate Pearson Odds to Win AL Rookie of the Year: 13.0
No matter how this season ends, the youth movement in T-Dot is decidedly strong. The Blue Jays’ top first-year man this season? Big right-hander Nate Pearson, and while his recent injury woes have pushed him down the AL Rookie of the Year ballot against top contenders like flashy outfielders Luis Robert of the Chicago White Sox and Kyle Lewis of the Seattle Mariners, he’s one to watch
He’s available at 13.0 at top sportsbooks, including BetMGM.
Teoscar Hernandez Odds to Win AL MVP: 41.11
Toronto’s top AL MVP candidate this season? Before the season, you would have volunteered one of the young guns like Vlad Jr., Bichette, or Cavan Biggio — and you would have been wrong. In truth, it’s none other than right fielder Teoscar Hernandez, who leads the team in batting average, slugging percentage, OPS, and home runs as of this writing, as well as being tied for most RBIs.
He’s gotten it done on defence, too.
🗣 CANNOOOON from the right of 'em 🗣
— Toronto Blue Jays (@BlueJays) August 31, 2020
Having dealt with some injury issues that derailed his momentum, he’s nearly a 40/1 underdog to take the trophy over the likes of Shane Bieber, Mike Trout, or Nelson Cruz, but catching fire down the stretch could make his consensus 41.11 odds according to The Action Network a crazy-like-a-fox wager.
Hyun-jin Ryu Odds to win AL Cy Young: 51.0
After a Cy Young-worthy turns with the Dodgers in 2019 that saw him finish second in the National League voting behind only Mets ace Jacob deGrom, Hyun-jin Ryu has kept a good thing going in his first season in the AL. The Korean southpaw leads the team in wins (4), innings pitched (54.0), strikeouts per nine innings (10.0), and FIP (3.24)
He has some work to do to catch up to Bieber and fellow contender Lance Lynn of the Texas Rangers, but it must be noted that Ryu currently sits third in the AL in WAR for pitchers as calculated by Baseball-Reference, trailing only those two guys.
That makes Ryu’s 51.0 odds to win the AL Cy Young at top sportsbooks, including DraftKings, a serious value bet.
Hyun-jin Ryu, 91mph Fastball…and insta-K strut.
Ryu don't need no umpire. pic.twitter.com/PswRIkg7Tj
— Rob Friedman (@PitchingNinja) September 13, 2020
Now, let’s check on how the Jays have fared with one big future prop bet. Spoiler alert: if you’re a loyal denizen of the Six, you’re pretty pleased.
Blue Jays Over/Under 27.5 Regular Season Wins
Barring a truly epic collapse or some kind of nefarious, unprecedented stat correction, Toronto is a slam dunk to end the season over .500, smashing their predetermined over/under of 27.5 wins. It feels good to prove the doubters wrong, and a consensus of sportsbooks had the Jays finishing not just on the outside of the playoffs looking in, but with a losing record. Bettors who were high on Toronto before it was cool now have permission to do the happy dance.